The UK will have an in-out referendum on whether it remains in the EU. From a packaging perspective, would an EU withdrawal be detrimental to the UK?
The Big Question
As Scotland’s carrier bag charge has raised over £1m for charity, some are calling the measure a triumph. PN asks it will be successful when introduced in England.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne appears to have delivered a business-friendly budget, albeit just before the election. PN asked leading figures what they thought it meant for packaging.
The packaging industry is regularly demonised in the media but is it doing enough to combat myths and inform of all the positive aspects of packaging?
Over 80% of packaging is recyclable, but at local authority level the recycling rate is about 50% and is showing signs of stagnating. So should the government step in and intervene to improve recycling?
Packaging industry experts ponder what effect the result of the May general election might have on the industry .
In the first month of the year, statistics suggested that the sluggish economy was finally moving in an upward direction. Critics suggest that the figures dont’ tell the full story.
While the role of packaging is to attract the consumer in a retail environment, a major part of the brand experience comes in the home. But should pack designers focus more of their attention on this area?
There are so many factors that go into purchasing decisions. And with convenient packaging and new innovations, is it fair to say that consumers are influenced more by the packs than the product itself?
The above story on Cadbury and Nestlé’s legal battle shows the importance of colour to a brand. But while consistency across packs is crucial, is there a danger that brands are taking their eye off the ball?
A survey last month from Which? claimed that consumers don’t buy certain foods because packs can be difficult to open. So is there a big problem: are manufacturers failing to design easy-to-open packs?
Last month PN reported on research claiming that women are three times more likely to be targeted with on-pack promotions and packaging gimmicks than men. So are women more easily influenced?
Food waste has become a key part of the latest phase of the Courtauld Commitment. So is the packaging industry on the right track by creating new packs that keep food fresher for longer?
By December 2014, food packaging will look different. The EU food information regulation kicks in requiring font sizes to go up on labels. Could this result in many problems from a pack design view?
In last month’s cover feature it was suggested that smaller sized deodorant cans refect people’s desire for more portable and convenient options. So do a reduced packs have something to do with society?